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By Donna Summerall
The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its yearly essay contest in December. A representative from each of the West Point and Clay County High Schools competed in the contest for the right to submit their work in the state essay competition for a scholarship from the DAR. The chapter winner was announced at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting in the Bryan Public Library.
Gaynell Duke, DAR regent, explained the criteria for the contest; students must be high school seniors who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools and communities, and they must display the qualities of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism. They are selected by the faculty and then are voted on by the student body for the right to compete. The chosen student is then invited to write an essay for which if they are the chapter winner, the essay is submitted to the state office of the DAR to be judged. The state winner receives a $250 scholarship and can have the essay judged in a multi-state competition where the winner receives a $500 scholarship. The student can submit the essay at the national level where the winner is invited to Washington, D.C. to attend the DAR Continental Congress where they are awarded a $5,000 scholarship and an inscribed silver bowl.
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